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Council Honors Outstanding Child Care Providers

October 30th, 2018

Child Care Council Inc. recently honored child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards and recognized Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren for her advocacy on child care issues.

The Impact Awards are presented to providers who exemplify the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people. Provider honorees were:
• Joyce Jackson-Hill from Sistah’s Advantage Daycare in Newark, Wayne County. Her daughter and assistant, Anne Marie Brown, accepted the award on her mother’s behalf.
• Cecilia Jackson from Ms C’s Playcare Daycare in Rochester.
• Crystal Learn, who provides care in Nunda, Livingston County. Her award was accepted by her daughter, Latisha Learn.
• Tiffany Walters from Hankie’s Child Care in Rochester.

The Council recognized Mayor Warren as its Distinguished Civic Leader of the Year for being a champion of child care issues on the local, state and national levels. Mayor Warren has advocated for improved salaries for child-care providers, increased availability of child-care services for all sectors of the city and for funding to support low-income working families.

Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.

In addition to Mayor Warren, other attendees included State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle; State Senator Joe Robach; Corinda Crossdale, Monroe County’s Commissioner of Human Services; and Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter.

Thank You for Making the Gala a Success

October 18th, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended or made possible Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala on Oct. 17, 2018.

Held at Locust Hill Country Club, the event celebrated the importance of high-quality child care and early education in ensuring children get a bright start to the future. The Council also recognized Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren as its Distinguished Civic Leader of the Year for being a champion of child care issues on the local, state and national levels.

Gala proceeds benefit the Council’s Start Bright scholarship program, which supports the Council’s early childhood quality enhancement programs for providers and staff.

A special thank-you to the event sponsors:

Start Bright Sponsor
– Lavoro Group

Quality Care Sponsors
– Barbara-Ann Mattle and Ed Maier

Quality Early Childhood Education Sponsors:
– Accu Tax – Michael Kramer
– Cook Communications
– Five Star Bank
– Eric Haselbauer, Board President
– Innovative Solutions
– MGM Associates
– Usherwood Office Technology

Prepare for Election Day

October 10th, 2018

This sample ballot tool can help you prepare for Election Day. Enter your address or zip code and see which candidates will be on your ballot along with information on their key votes and issues.

Sample ballot

Craft Classes for Adults Now Available at Repurpose & More Store

August 6th, 2018

Child Care Council is now offering craft classes for adults at its Repurpose & More Store. The store is located at 595 Blossom Road in Rochester.

Learn more about the classes and sign up today: Craft Classes Aug – Dec 2018

Employment Opportunity for a Registered Nurse

June 28th, 2018

2018 CCC Child Care Health Consultant

We have a job opening for an RN Child Care Health Consultant. Please see our posting for details. RN Child Care Health Consultant

 

Rochester Pyramid Model Leadership Summit

June 14th, 2018

Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behaviors
July 12th 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 13th 7:30am-4:00pm
St. John Fisher College
Keynote Speaker: Mary Louise Hemmeter, PhD

Register for this exciting opportunity to learn how the Pyramid Model aligns with trauma-informed care, supports children’s resilience, and strengthens children’s social and emotional competencies. The registration for the Pyramid Summit is now live! Register now to save your spot. http://rcn4kids.org/pyramidmodeltrain…/pyramid-model-summit/

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FDA Issues Warning About Oral Drug Products

May 24th, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that over-the-counter (OTC) oral drug products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than 2 years. The risk of a serious and potentially fatal blood disorder prompted FDA action on OTC oral benzocaine products used for teething and mouth pain and prescription local anesthetics.

Visit the FDA website for more information.

Take Action to Prevent Heatstroke this Summer

May 22nd, 2018

Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies from being unattended in a hot car. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk. Help stop these tragedies from happening by preventing heatstroke.

View this PDF file to see helpful tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

heatstroke_infographic_2018

NYS OCFS Market Rate Survey Now Available

April 26th, 2018

New York State Office of Children and Family Services again is conducting a Market Rate Survey of the price of child care with a sample of licensed and registered providers from across New York state. This information is used to make sure that the rates that the county department of social services pays for child care on behalf of low-income families are consistent with the child care market in that county. The most recent Market Rate Survey was conducted by telephone from September 2017 to March 2018.

Now, OCFS is inviting all licensed and registered child care providers to take an online survey about the rates they charge and their experiences with the telephone Market Rate Survey, if they participated in it.

See the letter from OCFS for more information (MRS2018-Provider Letter-FollowUpSurvey) or take the online survey:

English version

Spanish version

Nature Explore Workshop

April 25th, 2018

Attend our Nature Explore workshop on June 16th and help the children in your life reconnect with nature!

Flyer Child Care Council-Nature Explore

 

Child Care Council featured on Rochester in Focus show

April 17th, 2018

Child Care Council was recently featured on News10NBC’s Rochester in Focus show.

You can see the show here.

Council CEO Recognized with Statewide Friend of Family Child Care Award

April 5th, 2018

Child Care Council Inc. CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle has been recognized with a statewide award from the Family Child Care Association of New York State (FCCANYS).

At the recent FCCANYS annual conference, Mattle was honored with the 2018 Friend of Family Child Care Award. She received the award in recognition of her 34 years of supporting family child care development and of her work to enhance the quality of family child care, both locally and nationally. The award also highlighted the numerous educational-program presentations Mattle has given at the association’s annual conferences.

“It is quite an honor to receive this year’s Friend of Family Child Care Award from FCCANYS,” Barbara-Ann Mattle said. “I accepted the award on behalf of the entire Child Care Council leadership team and staff, who work with me to improve the quality and increase the quantity of child care in our region.”

Council Presents Business Leader, Volunteer of the Year Awards

November 13th, 2017

A business leader and a long-time volunteer were recently honored with awards from Child Care Council Inc.

The Council presented its business leader of the year and volunteer of the year awards at its annual Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club.

  • Fausto Prattico, principal of Lavoro Group, was recognized as the business leader of the year. The Council cited his efforts to increase awareness of the value of early childhood education, through direct marketing to his business clients’ employees. His company also is the major sponsor every year of the Council’s Start Bright Gala.
  • Mike Kramer was honored with the volunteer of the year award. Kramer, the Council’s longest-serving volunteer, was recognized for training child care providers in budgeting and taxes, for his previous service on the board of directors, and for donating numerous items for raffles and auctions at the gala.

“Fausto Prattico and Lavoro Group and Mike Kramer are tremendous supporters of Child Care Council’s work to connect employees and families with quality child care in the Finger Lakes region,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The Council is delighted to honor Fausto and Mike’s significant contributions to child care and to our organization.”

Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future. This year’s gala also highlighted the Council’s 45th anniversary.

Recall Notice: Fire Extinguishers

November 6th, 2017

Attention Providers:

More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles have been recalled due to a failure to discharge. For more details, including model numbers, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission notice.

You need to contact Kidde for a replacement:
Phone for recall support (Recall number 18-022): 1 (800) 880-6788 or 1 (855) 271-0773
Website: kidde.com

Outstanding Child Care Providers Honored with Start Bright Impact Awards

November 1st, 2017

Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit that connects families with quality child care, recently honored child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards for exemplifying the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people.

The provider award recipients were:
– Julie Bennett from Early Learning Daycare in Geneseo. One nominating parent stated, “Julie is flexible, caring and compassionate. My son will attend Julie’s daycare until he cannot go anymore.”
– Rebecca Martinez from Rattles, Blocks and Books Daycare in Rochester. Martinez was recognized for her work in early childhood and adolescent development.
– Nancy Neuroth of Little Monkey Shines in Penfield. A provider for more than 50 years, Neuroth was cited for her work to give educational lessons and for a preschool curriculum with nursery rhymes, letter recognition, letter writing, printing, and counting.
– Joanne Dall, Amy DeSario, Michelle Hays, Gretta Schuler from Penfield Village Nursery’s Pre-K Program. Dall was recognized for being “a wonderful teacher with an enthusiasm to teach.” DeSario and Hays were nominated for their special birthday celebrations and for taking the time to share pictures of every child with the parents at the end of the year. Schuler was cited by a mother for the care she provided her son, who had become her son’s “best friend.”

Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.

 

Discount on RPO Holiday Concert, OrKIDstra tickets

October 25th, 2017

RPO and Child Care Council are partnering together to give you 20% off OrKIDstra and Holiday Concert
Tickets!

See the flyer for more information: Child Care Council OrKIDstra Flyer 17-18 – Updated.

Child Care Council Wins National Award

July 31st, 2017

NAFCC honors Council with Accreditation Facilitation Project of the Year award

Child Care Council Inc.’s work to support child care providers has been recognized with a national award.

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) recently presented its Accreditation Facilitation Project of the Year award to the Council for its success in helping nine Latino child care providers to earn their Child Development Associate degree and in developing high quality programs that have earned them NAFCC accreditation. The program’s results actually increased the number of accredited family child care providers in Rochester by 900 percent. The program has now been expanded to include family child care providers from throughout our community.

“All of us at Child Care Council are extremely proud to receive this national recognition,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, Child Care Council CEO. “This award is a testament not only to our talented Latino services team but to all of our Council staff for the work they do, each and every day, to help child care providers expand their education and enhance the quality of their work with young children. It is our hope that it will also encourage other communities to embrace this quality initiative as a path to the top of their state quality rating systems for family child care providers.”

“This award recognizes Child Care Council for the success of this project, but it also highlights the heart displayed by Council leadership and staff to have a positive impact on providers’ lives,” said Dawn Cramer, accreditation operations manager, NAFCC.

 

Pictured (from left to right): Hector Santiago; Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle; Linda Schumacher, NAFCC accreditation council chair; provider Carmen Gonzalez; Lynne Fisher; Ed Maier; and provider Juanita Sanchez.

 

Child Care Council Launches a Free Book Program

June 28th, 2017

Child Care Council Inc. is introducing a new program to give away free books to children of all ages.

Through Books 4 Fun, a collaborative program with the Rochester Public Library, the Council will provide free, gently used books to children in four ways:

– Council staff will distribute the books to legally exempt, family child care homes, school-age child care programs and child care centers during site visits and inspections
– Providers visiting Child Care Council can take a free book for each child in their care
– Children visiting Council offices can take a free book home. In the Rochester office (595 Blossom Road, Suite 120), the books are located in the front office reception area, in the consultation/computer room, and in the Kid Zone in the Repurpose and More Store.
– Council employees also will distribute free books at various community events

The Rochester Public Library is donating books for the program, and it has donated more than 2,000 books to date. Each book includes a Books 4 Fun program sticker with a space for each child to write his or her name as the owner of the book. The Council also is accepting donations of new or gently used children’s books at all its offices.

“Books 4 Fun is at the heart of what Child Care Council is all about – promoting early childhood education and preparing children for the future,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, Child Care Council CEO. “This collaboration with the Rochester Public Library, focused primarily on children in the city of Rochester, will help ensure that more kids are reading books.”

“Giving books to children and their parents helps parents understand that their children love books at a very young age,” said Shelley Matthews, Rochester Literacy Coordinator, Book Angel Project, Rochester Public Library. “Reading is important to all children’s futures. The Book Angel Project has brought more than two million books into the homes of Rochester’s children.”

The Books 4 Fun program is kicking off first in Rochester and Monroe County, and it will be extended to the Council’s Livingston County (Lakeville) and Wayne County (Newark) branch offices over time. This program builds off the Council’s existing My First Library, which was established in 2001 with financial support from Council volunteer and supporter Joan Frazier. Frazier has been instrumental in working with Council staff to plan and coordinate the Books 4 Fun program as well.

Screening Children Early for Developmental Challenges

June 12th, 2017

GROW-Rochester will provide free training for child care and family child care on the implementation of early childhood screening, which will look at developmental milestones and physical well-being including vision, hearing, and dental. All training and screening completed will be at no cost to providers and families.

Learn more by visiting this website- https://www.childrensinstitute.net/programs/grow-rochester

Summer Meals for Kids Program

June 12th, 2017

Each summer, the City of Rochester in partnership with the Rochester City School District and Food Link provide free breakfast and lunch to city youth 18 years and under through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  Summer Food Service Program. Meals are at many city sites, Monday through Friday, June 27 to August 26, except July 3. Sites include community agencies, schools, churches and the Recreation Centers.

Breakfast is served at 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Lunch at 12:00-1:00 p.m.
For more information call 428-7872. You will find sample menus and a list of locations at http://www.summermealsroc.org/

 

 

Council Receives Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award

April 20th, 2017

Child Care Council has been selected to receive a Community Health Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

The award will help fund the Council’s Asthma Friendly Child Care Endorsement initiative, which trains child care programs in Monroe, Wayne and Livingston counties on ways to safely provide care to children with asthma.

Child Care Council is one of nine Monroe County-based nonprofits chosen from among 200 applications to receive an Excellus BCBS Community Health Award. The awards were announced during a news conference on April 20, 2017.

 

Notice: EpiPen 2 Recall

April 3rd, 2017

Mylan, the company that produces EpiPen auto-device has voluntarily recalled some of its EpiPen 2 packs for failure to activate at the time of an emergency. Learn more

 

We are Hiring!

March 14th, 2017

If you are a New York State registered nurse and looking for a new career, please see our latest job posting!

CCC Child Care Health Consultant 2017

Start Bright Gala

February 22nd, 2017

Please join Child Care Council at the 45th Anniversary Start Bright Gala, which celebrates the importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to their future.

  • The Council will recognize excellence in child care and early education with its Start Bright Impact Awards
  • The fun includes a silent auction, raffles, a magician, games, music, and more
  • Black tie optional

Date:
October 17, 2018

Time:
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.)

New Location:
Locust Hill Country Club
2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534

Register Online Today »

Statement Regarding Governor’s Proposed Middle Class Family Child Care Tax Credit

January 19th, 2017

Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle issued the following statement today (Jan. 19) in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposed middle class family child care tax credit proposal:

“Too many families here in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties struggle to gain access to affordable child care. Some parents are forced to leave their jobs because they cannot afford the high cost of care. Unstable child care arrangements also place a heavy burden on employees and on employers, due to increased absenteeism and decreased productivity.

“Thankfully, Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to making child care more stable and more accessible for families across the state. As the local nonprofit agency working to improve child care access and quality, Child Care Council Inc. applauds Governor Cuomo for his budget proposal to increase the child care tax credit for middle class families. This measure will make a dramatic difference in the lives of thousands of children and families, by making child care more affordable and more accessible.

“Child Care Council urges the state Legislature to approve this proposal, which will result in some families seeing their child care tax credit double.”

Barbara-Ann Mattle, CEO
Child Care Council Inc.

Council Recognizes Outstanding Child Care Providers with Start Bright Impact Awards

December 1st, 2016

Child Care Council Inc. recently honored four child care programs with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards for exemplifying the critical roles that high-quality child care and early education play in the lives of young people.

The award recipients were:Impact Award winners - 2016CCCGala9884
– Mary Deary, lead teacher at Brockport Child Development Center. She was recognized for providing activities designed with a child’s development in mind, such as art activities, spring flower planting, treasure hunting, working on table manners and coordination skills, and book reading.
– Cynthia Evans, a legally exempt provider in Greece, N.Y. Cynthia Evans was nominated for the care she gives the children of a single mother. The children are her sister’s grandchildren – her sister recently passed away, and watching them was a promise Cynthia Evans made to her sister.
– Irma Oquendo, a family child care provider offering a Spanish-speaking program in the city of Rochester, N.Y. Nominated by seven people, Irma Oquendo was described as being professional and prepared, with a real passion for her job. Irma Oquendo recently earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, as well as accreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
– TLFC Child Care and Learning Center in Brockport, N.Y. TLFC was recognized for offering an innovative intergenerational program that combines child care with an elder-day program; for supplying everything parents need, such as diapers, wipes, formula, and food; and for partnering with Kirby Farms to provide locally grown produce. Samantha Hooper, TLFC’s intergeneration program director, accepted the award on behalf of the center.

Honorees received their awards at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta, N.Y. The event celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.

 

Joan Frazier Receives Small Business Leader Award

November 28th, 2016

Joan Frazier was honored recently with the Small Business Leader Award from Child Care Council Inc.

Frazier was recognized for her dedication to high-quality child care and for her generous support of Child Care Council. Her support includes funding the creation of My First Library at the Council in 2001; getting the Wallpaper Guild to donate wallpapering materials and installation for Council walls and for a new conference room; volunteering at the Repurpose & More Store; funding the Council’s October Family Engagement Conference; and providing an ongoing grant for innovative program support.

Joan Frazier owned and operated Wall Expressions, a small business specializing in residential wallpapering and painting, for 27 years until her recent retirement. A former program director for the Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley, Joan Frazier resides in Irondequoit.

The award was presented at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, which celebrates the importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future.

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Child Care Council’s 2015 Annual Report

August 1st, 2016

View the Council’s 2015 Annual Report:
CCC Annual Report 2015 – Final

What is the Pyramid Model?

June 28th, 2016

New York is participating in an early childhood professional development opportunity designed to support the social and emotional development of children birth through five. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has developed a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social and emotional competence and for preventing and addressing challenging behavior. The Pyramid Model includes extensive training materials, videos, and print resources to help New York’s programs and providers implement the model.

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The modules are appropriate for professional development of providers, administrators, and teachers/caregivers who work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers (aged birth – 5 years of age). Each module is a whole day training (6-7 hours) although modules can be broken up into shorter training over a period of several days if preferred. Modules should be completed in order as concepts built upon each other.

You can see descriptions of the models by clicking the following. IT info Pyramid Flyer    Preschool Info Pyramid Flyer

If you are interested in more information about how to bring the Pyramid Model to your program, please contact Rose Shufelt, Master Cadre trainer, at 585-654-4740 or [email protected] You can also find out more information about the model at http://www.nysecac.org/news-and-events/pyramid-model/

You can find our current course offerings here: https://childcarecouncil.com/event/pyramid-model-infants-and-toddlers-module-1-social-emotional-development-within-the-context-of-relationships/

 

Democratic Committee’s Donation to Support First Aid, CPR Provider Training

May 3rd, 2016

Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit agency working to improve child care quality, announced today that a recent donation from the Monroe County Democratic Committee will support first aid and CPR provider training.

Last month, the Monroe County Democratic Committee announced it will donate $5,250 to the Council. The Council’s board of directors and management team has decided to put these funds toward first aid and CPR training for enrolled legally exempt providers who serve low-income working families. This enhanced training is currently not required for legally exempt providers.

“Child Care Council greatly appreciates the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s generous contribution,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Our nonprofit agency is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality care for children in our community. These new funds will enable us to train more child care providers in first aid and CPR and to help ensure safe environments for the children in their care.”

The first aid and CPR training is expected to begin in early summer.

Teachers shop at the Repurpose & More Store

May 2nd, 2016

Six art teachers from the Webster School District recently visited the Council’s Repurpose & More Store – and made some crafty items from the items they purchased.

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Council Expands Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities

March 3rd, 2016

Child Care Council Inc. has been awarded $68,000 in annual grant funding for up to five years from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to provide a behavior support program in child care settings in Monroe and Wayne counties.

These grant funds enable Child Care Council to serve children with developmental disabilities who are exhibiting challenging behavior that may affect their placement in a licensed, registered or legally exempt child care program. The Council will provide free, on-site, intensive technical assistance to help implement positive behavior strategies and to increase provider understanding of a child’s behavioral needs. In addition, the Council will work with providers to develop customized plans that will benefit the child and enhance their positive experience in child care. Providers can benefit from up to 15 hours of technical assistance per child.

“A recent Child Care Council survey revealed that 50 percent of providers have a child with special needs in their programs and 79 percent of providers have experienced behavior challenges while working with children with disabilities,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “We are grateful to the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities for this funding, which will enable us to provide hands-on support to providers to help improve the level of care for children with disabilities.”

Mattle noted that this latest grant funding also expands on the special-needs services currently provided by the Council, such as free, enhanced child care referrals to parents who have a child with a developmental disability.

Behavioral Training Series
As part of the grant, Child Care Council also is offering a behavioral training series to inform providers about special-education laws and how to assist the families they serve. The three-part class series will cover 1) how the Americans with Disabilities Act pertains to a provider’s program when working with children with disabilities; 2) research-based intervention strategies to address challenging behaviors; and 3) how to identify the differences between a “meltdown” and a tantrum.

Upcoming class dates are as follows:

-Rochester: March 12 and 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

-Rochester: May 23 and 25, and June 1, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

-Newark, Wayne County: June 13, 20 and 27, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

While the technical assistance is available to providers at no charge, a fee of $30 is required for the class series. For more information about the training series or about the behavior support program, child care providers can contact Kristen Torkelsen, special needs advisor at Child Care Council, at 585.654.1224 or at [email protected].

Council Selected as One of 10 Sites for National Child Brain Development Initiative

February 18th, 2016

Vroom project is a Bezos Family Foundation initiative

Child Care Council Inc. has been chosen as one of only 10 sites across the country to participate in a healthy child brain development project.

Child Care Aware® of America selected the Council as part of a national network of communities and organizations activating Vroom, a Bezos Family Foundation initiative that is helping parents nationwide promote brain development in children from birth to five years old. Child Care Council and other participating sites – part of Child Care Aware of America’s nationwide Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network – will use Vroom to bolster its current work with families.

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn activities like bath time and mealtime into opportunities that build their children’s brains. This partnership is particularly exciting in its ability to facilitate a far-reaching culture shift − one that begins with parents understanding early brain development and extends into how families, providers, businesses, and communities all work to support brain development during the first five years of life.

“Child Care Council is pleased to be selected as one of the 10 sites in the nation to participate in this outstanding Vroom project,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Through Vroom, we will help nurture parent-child interaction and educate parents about brain-building messages, both of which are critical to healthy child brain development.”

“We’re thrilled to see such a diverse mix of child care programs and providers integrating Vroom,” said Jackie Bezos, president and co-founder of the Bezos Family Foundation. “More than 11 million children under the age of five are in some form of child care. It is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. This partnership will help strengthen the relationship between child care providers and families by putting brain-building language and tools at the center of both environments.”

Other sites selected for Vroom include: Childcare Resources Birmingham (Alabama); Child Care Aware® of West Central Arkansas; Child Care Resource Center (California); Florida Office of Early Learning; Child Care Resources Inc. (Montana); Southern New Hampshire Services Child Care Resource and Referral; Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council Inc. (Albany); Child Care Connection, a program of Info Line Inc. (Ohio); and Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development.

About Child Care Council Inc.
Child Care Council Inc. (childcarecouncil.com) is a comprehensive parent-referral, adult-education and community-resource agency working to improve the quality of child care. A Child Care Aware® Quality Assured agency, the Council provides information, training and resources to child care providers and parents in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties. The non-profit agency offers coordinated services to support child care programs, including a professional library, referral services, free notary public, fingerprinting waivers, reduced-cost business services, and a resource/recycle shop (Repurpose & More Store).

About Child Care Aware® of America
Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit usa.childcareaware.org. Follow us on Twitter @USAChildcare and on Facebook at facebook.com/usachildcare.

About Bezos Family Foundation
The Bezos Family Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jackie and Mike Bezos, who along with their children and spouses, serve as directors. Their vision is that all young people are prepared to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society. The Bezos Family Foundation supports rigorous, inspired learning environments for young people, from birth though high school, to put their education into action. Through investments in research, public awareness, and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. Follow Vroom on Twitter @joinvroom and on Facebook at facebook.com/joinvroom.

Child Care Council Job Openings

February 12th, 2016

There are several positions open at our agency. For current postings, please click here.

Babysitting Training Offered to Area Girl Scout Troops

January 25th, 2016

Child Care Council Inc. is partnering with Girl Scouts of Western New York to offer a nationally recognized babysitting course as a Girl Scout program.

Girl Scouts of Western New York approved the Safe Sitter® babysitting training as part of its program offerings. Child Care Council, a registered Safe Sitter teaching site, will provide the training and structure it to meet the needs of individual troops.

Designed for young teens and adolescents ages 11 and older, Safe Sitter prepares graduates to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and equips them with the tools needed to stay home alone safely. Safe Sitter aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters, by learning infant and child choking rescue, American Heart Association standards for rescue skills, and first-aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For more information about the program, Girl Scout troops can contact Linda Lane, Safe Sitter site coordinator at Child Care Council at 585.654.1223 or at [email protected].

Repurpose & More Store Featured on WROC

January 15th, 2016

Child Care Council’s Repurpose & More Store is featured in a Go Green segment on WROC TV-8:

See the story.

Child Care Aware Issues High Cost of Care Report

December 8th, 2015
Child Care Aware® of America issued its annual report "Parents and the High Cost
of Child Care - 2015." This highly anticipated and widely-cited report summarizes 
the cost of child care across the country.

Download or view a copy of the report.


                            

Child Care Council Honors Outstanding Child Care Providers

November 24th, 2015

Child Care Council Inc. recently honored six child care providers with its annual Start Bright Impact Awards for exemplifying the critical role that high-quality child care plays in the lives of young people.

The award recipients were:
– Lifetime Achievement Award: Patricia Pucci, from Faith Child Care and Nursery School in Penfield, N.Y. Patricia Pucci has worked with children for more than 30 years, and she has been at Faith Child Care for 25 of those years.
– Center Award: Friendship Children’s Center in Rochester, N.Y. Friendship was nominated for the award for being neighborhood oriented and for providing a healthy atmosphere where children enjoy learning and playing. The award was accepted by executive director Joi DiGennaro-McMurtry.
– School Age Award: Ivan Green YMCA in Irondequoit, N.Y., accepted by site coordinator Mary Ann Pezzulo. Ivan Green YMCA was nominated for providing a safe environment and for caring for an increasingly diverse child population.
– Group Family Daycare Award: Jessica Mensing, from Nanny’s Place Daycare in Greece, N.Y. Jessica Mensing, who was cared for by Nanny’s Place Daycare as a child, has served as an assistant provider there for four years.
– Family Daycare Award: Rhina Duval of Rochester, N.Y. Rhina Duval was nominated for her work to engage children in activities and for going above and beyond for the children in her care.
– Center Staff Award: Chris Smith, from Creative Environment Learning Center in Macedon, N.Y. Chris Smith was nominated for the care he provides to children with special needs.

Honorees were recognized at the Council’s Start Bright Gala, held at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta.

Nancy Kaplan Receives Child Care Champion Award

October 23rd, 2015

Nancy Kaplan, coordinator of Rochester’s Child, a Rochester Area Community Foundation initiative, has received the 2015 Child Care Champion Award from Child Care Council Inc.

Kaplan was recognized for her creative leadership in support of early childhood education in the greater Rochester community. The award was presented at Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala, Oct. 21, 2015, at the RIT Inn & Conference Center.

In her role at Rochester’s Child, Nancy Kaplan assists in raising approximately $50,000 annually and a $2.5 million endowment that supports about $100,000 of the initiative’s yearly grants. Active in the community, Nancy Kaplan is a member of the Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI), a collaboration of more than 20 providers, programs, funders, community leaders and experts. She currently serves as chair of ECDI’s Parent Engagement Committee and on the organization’s Leadership Cabinet and Advocacy Committee. She resides in Rush, N.Y.

“Child Care Council is delighted to recognize Nancy Kaplan with this award,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “Nancy is a true champion for high-quality child care, from her tremendous work at Rochester’s Child, to her commitment to ECDI. For many years, Nancy has been – and continues to be – instrumental in helping our early childhood development community continually improve the quality of care for our youngest citizens.”

Nancy Kaplan said, “I am honored to receive this award from Child Care Council. To me, nothing is more important than early childhood development and child care quality because every dollar spent upfront in these areas saves money on such later costs as grade retention, special education and teen pregnancy – and helps at-risk children succeed in school. I share this recognition with my colleagues at Rochester’s Child and the Community Foundation, as well as ECDI and our community partners.”

Annual Training and Technical Assistance Survey

October 2nd, 2015

Please take a few minutes if you have not done so already to complete our newest Training and Technical Assistance survey.  This is designed for child care providers to help us understand how to best meet your training and TA needs.  If you choose to share your name and contact information you will be eligible for a drawing for a free 2.5 hour class of your choice.  Thank you for your help.

Please click here for the survey.

Sesame Workshop, Child Care Council Collaborating to Teach Resilience

February 10th, 2015

Sesame Workshop and Child Care Aware® of America are partnering with Child Care Council Inc. to launch a community outreach effort to build resilience and self-esteem among young children.

Through this collaboration, Child Care Council will offer Sesame Workshop’s “Little Children, Big Challenges” outreach program to the greater Rochester region. Designed to help increase self-awareness and boost self-esteem, this program introduces the skills and strategies children ages 2 to 5 need to build resilience and perseverance, such as dealing with:
– Significant transitions and situations including mean or aggressive behavior, sibling rivalry and relocation
– Day-to-day challenges like trying new things, learning from mistakes, making new friends, not being able to do something yet, and resolving problems with friends

The Council is offering free toolkits with activities and positive routines to help parents, caregivers and educators foster young children’s resilience. The bilingual (English and Spanish), multimedia toolkits are composed of a Sesame Street DVD featuring a Muppet story and music videos with real children and families; a family guide with tips and strategies for dealing with grieving, incarceration and divorce; a community guide for child care, nursery school and other programs working with children; and links to additional materials online.

“Child Care Council is delighted to be selected for this exciting partnership with Sesame Workshop and Child Care Aware of America,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “As a leading agency working to improve child care quality in the region, the Council is in a unique position to provide Sesame Workshop’s Little Children, Big Challenges materials, through our ongoing outreach to child care providers, parents and community organizations.”

The free toolkits currently are available at Child Care Council’s offices in Monroe County (595 Blossom Road, Suite 120 in Rochester), Livingston County (3513 Thomas Drive, Suite 4, in Lakeville), or Wayne County (510 West Union Street, Suite 1, in Newark). People also can request a toolkit by contacting Renee Sholz, the Council’s referral services director, at [email protected] or 585.654.1286.

New Regulations Effective June 2015

December 16th, 2014

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is pleased to announce that its review of public comment on the day care center, school age child care and small day care center regulations is complete. The new regulations were adopted on November 19, 2014 and are effective on June 1, 2015.  This six month lag period was built into the process so that programs have time to review the changes and come into compliance by June 1, 2015. You can find the new regulations online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/default.asp.

 

FREE Training Opportunity: Healthy Beverages in Child Care

October 1st, 2014

If you are a Family Day Care or Group Family Day Care Provider,  take advantage of this free training and earn credit!

•             The Office of Children and Family Services-Division of Child Care Services (OCFS-DCCS) developed regulations for serving healthy beverages in child care.

•             This training is available to help you and other providers learn the regulation and how to follow them in your child care program.

•             The 45 minute training is available on demand.

•             All you need to do is view the training presentation, answer the quiz questions and receive your certificate of training.

•             Show your certificate of training to your licensor so they know you are aware of the regulation.

•             You may need to install Adobe Flash Player; go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Now is the time; learn about healthy beverages at http://nydontraining.health.state.ny.us/healthy_beverages_in_childcare/event/event_info.html

If you need assistance, email:  [email protected]

Enterovirus D68 Causing Serious Illness in Children

October 1st, 2014

As child care providers one of your many responsibilities is to stay abreast of infectious diseases that pose a possible risk to the children and families in your care. You may have noticed on national news outlets that there has been an outbreak of Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68 which has caused a significant number of children to become ill some requiring treatment in the hospital and for some in intensive care units. As of this date, the virus has been reported in 21 states, including New York.
One of the reasons this virus is so concerning is that it spreads similar to the common cold and the symptoms start like the common cold, but for some children it progresses very rapidly to severe difficulty breathing. The majority of children experiencing severe illness are those with underlying respiratory illness such as asthma or a history of wheezing, but not all. Interestingly, very few of the children hospitalized with the severe respiratory symptoms had fevers.
In response to the spread of this illness there are a few things you should do to prepare your child care program:
1) Update the children’s emergency contact information and ‘permission to treat’ and discuss emergency plans with families.
2) Establish written ‘emergency action plans’ for children with asthma or other respiratory illness so you know how to respond in a breathing emergency. Children with a history of wheezing or breathing difficulties appear to be at highest risk.
3) Establish and practice excellent infection control practices. One that is frequently overlooked is handwashing whenever anyone enters your program.
4) Review your daily health check procedures and exclusion criteria with parents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is no vaccine or specific anti-viral treatment for EV-D68 at this time. The best ways to protect yourself and others are:
• Handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with sick people
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, and appliance handles, especially if someone is sick
• Boost your immune system by eating nutritious meals and snacks, getting regular exercise, and getting a good night’s sleep
When frightening new illnesses are in the news, it is important to focus on the areas that we have control over and that can make a difference in preventing illness and in responding appropriately should a child become seriously ill.

Environmental Health Researcher to Speak in Rochester About Environmental Chemicals and Epigenetics

April 22nd, 2014

A leading environmental health researcher from the University of Michigan will give a community presentation on how
toxic chemicals found in the environment threaten our health. The talk will
take place April 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Child Care Council Inc. in
Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Dana Dolinoy will give a short presentation titled, “A Tale of Two
Mice or Why DNA Is Not (Necessarily) Your Destiny.” She will discuss her
research on nutrition and environmental chemicals and how many common
compounds, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may affect human bodies by altering
normal gene activity. Dr. Dolinoy is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of
Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan’s School of Public
Health (UMSPH), and heads the university’s Environmental Epigenetics and
Nutrition Laboratory.

The event is being held through support from the University of
Rochester Medical Center’s Environmental Health Sciences Center.

“Child Care Council is pleased to partner with the Environmental
Health Sciences Center to bring this important community discussion to
Rochester,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The Council is
dedicated to helping educate child care providers about ways to make their
settings even healthier and safer for kids, and this event will provide them
with valuable environmental health information.”

The public is invited to participate in this discussion, which will
take place at Child Care Council in the Drake-Lok Lifelong Learning Center, 595
Blossom Road in Rochester, N.Y. Free parking is available across the street.
Registration is requested by contacting Kate McArdle at Child Care Council, 585.654.4752
or [email protected]

Child Care Council Applauds NYS Assembly

April 20th, 2014

Press Release; ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 10, 2014 – Child Care Council Inc., a nonprofit
parent-referral and community-resource agency, today lauded the New York State
Assembly’s approval of legislation to increase the state’s investment in quality
child care, and it urged the state Senate to pass it as well.

 

Developed by the Assembly Child Care Workgroup led by Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver, the extensive package of legislation is aimed at strengthening
access to quality, affordable child care, increasing funding for child care
subsidies and providing greater opportunities for child care provider training.
Specific provisions include enacting a paid family leave act; limiting the
co-pay for child care subsidies to 20 percent; reimbursing child care providers
for absences of children receiving child care subsidies, helping to ensure
quality care; increasing access to training programs and professional
development activities for providers; and establishing the Early Learning
Council (ELC) to secure support for public and private investment in early
learning for children up to the age of five.

 

The Assembly also voted to increase funding for child care by nearly
$400 million over the next four years, which would increase the availability of
child care slots for families up to 200 percent of the poverty level through an
$11 million annual investment in child care subsidies.

 

“The state Assembly has taken bold steps to improve access to, and the
quality of, child care across New York state,” said Child Care Council CEO
Barbara-Ann Mattle. “As a nonprofit agency committed to helping parents find
the highest-quality care and to enabling providers and early childhood educators
to receive the most advanced training, Child Care Council applauds the Assembly
for approving this legislation, and we strongly encourage the state Senate to pass
these bills.”

 

The Child Care Workgroup created the comprehensive package of reforms
and investments following extensive research, roundtables and discussions
between workgroup members, parents, child care professionals and advocates.

OCFS announces a public comment period for proposed regulations

March 17th, 2014

On January 29, 2014 a 45 day public comment period began for the day care center, school age child care
and small day care center proposed regulations. The public comment period will end at 5PM on March 17, 2014.

These are methods in which to comment:

Via the Division of Child Care Services’ website at:
http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/

Or

Write a letter and
send it to:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Division of Child Care Services – Child Care Public Comment

52 Washington Street, Room 309 South

Rensselaer, NY 12144

Or fax to: (518) 474-9617

 

 

A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities Conference

March 5th, 2014

A Reggio Emilia Inspired Conference for educators working with children birth through age 8 on March 21, 2014. A follow up “Continuing the Conversation” session will be held on Saturday, April 5th. Click here for details and registration forms.

Recycle Shop will have a new look!

January 1st, 2014

The Recycle Shop (Rochester location only) will be closed until the end of the year for rearrangement. Shopping will be by appointment only until the end of the year, call 585-654-1190.
See you in the New Year!

Our agency has proudly achieved National Quality Assurance!

December 4th, 2013

Fifteen New York CCR&Rs have joined 11 other CCR&Rs as Child Care Aware® of America Quality Assured, a national certification earned by CCR&Rs that demonstrate their administrative functions for core competencies and their services to parents and providers meet national best practices.

“We are very excited about these results,” said Barbara-Ann Mattle, Chief Executive Officer of Child Care Council, Inc., in Rochester, N.Y., one of the Quality Assured CCR&Rs. “The process took a great deal of effort but we feel strongly that the work has been a great benefit to our organization, and we continue to work to reach 100 percent at all categories.”

Please read our local press release, CCC – Quality Assured release

To see the national press release, click http://usa.childcareaware.org/news-room/press-releases/2013/9/new-york-ccrrs-achieve-quality-assurance#.Uk7FSDcc_ls.facebook

Keep your kids safe. Get their seasonal flu vaccines every year!

December 2nd, 2013

Schools and child-care settings are required to post influenza educational material, in plain view, within their facilities. Information should be posted starting now. Influenza season begins in early fall and can last through May.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free, accessible and available in different languages from several organizations:

 NYSDOH: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/childhood_adolescent/

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/print.htm

 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: www.nyc.gov/html/doh/flu/html/home/home.shtml

Along with this announcement you will find the Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents. You can download it here: SeasonalFluParentguide.

 

Child Care Providers Avoid Hidden Toxic Dangers

November 12th, 2013

Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. and Child Care Council, Inc. announced today the next phase of their U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded program to help child care providers in the Great Lakes Basin identify, remove, and find safer solutions for toxic chemicals in common household and child care products.

The groups announced a schedule of training sessions open to all child care providers that follow the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s (CEHN) national Eco-Healthy Child Care®
curriculum, but are customized to address New York State laws and regulations and focus on reducing specific chemicals that threaten the Great Lakes watershed.

Click EPA-EcoHealthy Release Aug 2013 for the press release that includes dates and contact information.

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Recycle Shop July Sale

June 27th, 2013

The Recycle Shop at Child Care Council, Inc. is holding a month-long sale in July. Everything must go to make room for our newly renovated store opening this fall. Click here for the flyer. Special July Sale Hours:
 M, T, Th., F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Wed. (starting July 10): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 Sat., July 13: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 Sat., July 20: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NYS Family/Group Regulation Changes are Coming!

June 27th, 2013

Public Comment period begins on June 26th, 2013. Join us for a FREE regulations class where we will discuss these changes and give you the opportunity to share your opinions with Albany. Register today by calling Yolanda at 585-654-4798.
Rochester-July 2 or 25
Lakeville- July 30
Newark- July 29
6:30-9:00pm

New CCC Job Posting for Nutritionist

June 20th, 2013

Child Care Council is requesting applications for the job title: Nutritionist, Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Setting. The position is available as of August 1, 2013.
QUALIFICATIONS
The perfect candidate would have : experience providing nutrition education to children (birth to 12 years) and adults; ability to role model and motivate others to make healthy choices in nutrition and strive for a physically active lifestyle; attention to detail with excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient computer skills; reliable vehicle and driving record; willingness to travel within a 6-county region all year long; self-motivation; ability to take initiative; and comfortable meeting and working with new people.
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Applicant must be a Licensed Registered Dietician. Masters in Nutrition/Public Health
Click the following for more information. RD employment ad

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The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Announces 2013 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

May 16th, 2013

NAFCC is holding their annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 18-20, 2013. This annual conference is the only national conference in the United States dedicated exclusively to those who provide family child care and those who support family child care through training and technical assistance. For more information and to register, visit www.nafcc.org.

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NOTICE OF OCFS PUBLIC HEARINGS

April 15th, 2013

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) will hold three public hearings on New York State’s proposed two-year plan to receive assistance under the Social Security Act and the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, also known as the Child Care and Development Fund. The state’s proposed plan will cover the period of 10/1/13-9/30/15.

The purpose of this federal block grant program is to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care services. Federal funds would be available to assist New York State in supporting subsidies for child day care services to low-income families upon the plan’s approval by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Funding also would be available for improving the quality of child day care services and increasing the availability of early childhood development programs, as well as before- and after-school services.

Pursuant to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, the public is invited to provide input into the development of the final plan. Areas for comment include program priorities for child care and suggested avenues for local input in shaping the state’s child care agenda. Information about the state’s proposed two-year child care plan will be available on the OCFS website by April 3, 2013 at www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/CCDFStatePlan. Members of the public can e-mail comments to: [email protected]
Persons interested in providing oral testimony during the public hearings must register their intent to do so five days prior to the public hearing with the Division of Child Care Services, Office of Children and Family Services, 52 Washington Street, Room 309 South, Rensselaer, NY 12144. People can also register by calling (518) 474-9454, or by submitting the registration form posted on the OCFS website: www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/CCDFStatePlan. Oral testimony is limited to ten minutes in length and must be followed up with written testimony within five days after the hearing. Persons interested only in submitting written comments must mail such comments within five days after the public hearing to the Division of Child Care Services, attention Kimmarie Slade, at the address above.
Our local hearing will be the following;
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time: 11am-3pm
Place: Child Care Council, Inc.
595 Blossom Road
Rochester, NY 14620

Click CCC – OCFS Hearing release for the press release.

Celebrate Earth Day by visiting our recycle shop!

April 9th, 2013

Genesee Valley Parent magazine published a great article about our recycle shop! The month of April features the 43rd annual Earth Day celebration on April 22. To read the article, click here.

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Cameras & Kids 2013 is here!

March 1st, 2013

Cameras & Kids 2013 is running December 10th 2012 to April 30th 2013.  

The Award Ceremony will be held at Springdale Farms on May 18th, with more details
to come.  Participation packets can be picked up in any of our offices,
mailed at your request, or downloaded and printed from the following documents:

1)   Provider Letter

2)   Parent Letter

3)   Contest Guidelines

4)   Participation Forms

5)   Photo Release Form

You’re Invited to a Special Mini-Conference:“Planning for Play and Learning in the Outdoors”

February 15th, 2013

What: Mini-conference, including an opportunity to design
your own outdoor creative play environment

Presenter: Dr. Eric Strickland, President Grounds for Play,
Inc. (which creates developmentally and age-appropriate play environments
through innovative design)

Who Should Attend? Child Care Center Directors and Owners
(Also open to Child Care Council staff and NYS Office of Children and Family
Services staff who work with child care centers)

When: March 14, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch included)

Where: Child Care Council’s Drake/Lok Lifelong Learning
Center, 595 Blossom Road, Rochester, N.Y.

Cost: $40

OCFS Training Categories – C3 & C4

Click playground conference 2013 for the flyer. Course Registration Form Outdoor Play.

Visit the website at http://www.groundsforplay.com/

 

Excellus BCBS Helps Lung Association Create More “Asthma-Friendly” Child Care Centers

February 4th, 2013

Child Care Council Inc. has partnered with the American Lung Association of New York to develop a pilot project directed at creating the safest environment for children with asthma to receive care. To begin the process of becoming endorsed, attend one of the Asthma 101 trainings, then self-complete the Asthma Friendly Child Care Endorsement Guide. Child Care Council’s Registered Nurses will guide you through the process of becoming an Asthma Friendly endorsed child care program.

Read the new press release describing the program!  Asthma Friendly Childcare Project Excellus BCBS Press Release 1 29 12

Child Care Council is hosting a series of workshops called Family Talk in January!

December 13th, 2012

Family Talk provides the opportunity to discuss:
• What children need to know at what age
• How parents can effectively share information so children understand it
• How to answer children’s questions
• Help parents, grandparents and other caregivers connect with children about sex and sexuality, healthy relationships, substance use and HIV

Who it is for:
The workshop series is recommended for parents of children
who are infants – age 14, who want to give their children
information and guidance that is appropriate to their age and
stage of development.

Family Talk provides:
• Practical suggestions and guidelines to communicate
accurate information about sex and sexuality, healthy
relationships, substance use and HIY.
• Encouragement to examine parents’ own values and
positive ways to convey values to children.
• Information about how children develop and how
they mature sexually through puberty.
• Information about substance use.
• Support for setting limits and engaging children in
healthy activities.
Family Talk Workshops are being offered on Tuesdays, January 22th -February 12th, 2013
from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Where: Child Care Council, Rochester office
Cost: Free
To learn more, and/or to register contact:
Renee Scholz, Referral Services Coordinator
585-654-1286 or email: [email protected]

Are you ready for the new crib guidelines?

October 30th, 2012

Beginning December 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. The new standards took effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors on June 28, 2011, addressing deadly hazards previously seen with traditional drop-side rails. Standards now require more durable hardware and parts and mandating more rigorous testing.

Go to the following websites to get more information and a flyer for your program.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5023.pdf

http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html

 

“Breaking the Cycle of Adverse Childhood Experiences” Conference

October 9th, 2012

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) impact not just childhood, but the physical and emotional lifetime health trajectory of its survivors. We often see the impact and are frustrated in our efforts to help. Can anything we do now alter the life course health trajectory of the children and adults who have experienced childhood trauma and bear its scars? Many of today’s leading thinkers say YES. The Perinatal Network of Monroe County and the Monroe County Office of Mental Health will host a week-long event anchored by a keynote conference on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Join us for a day with America’s leading experts on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to break the cycle of trauma. There is a special Saturday workshop for child care providers. Register at www.ACESConference.info and click here for the flyer. ACESchildcare workshop 2

New York State Awards Four Contracts to Child Care Council

September 21st, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012 – Child Care Council Inc. has been awarded four contracts from New York state to provide services that enhance child care and early childhood education programs.

Under the five-year contracts, which are funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Child Care Council will continue to serve as the Rochester Region Infant/Toddler Resource Center and to provide child care resource and referral services in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties.

  • The Infant/Toddler Resource Center provides services designed to enhance programs for the care and education of infants and toddlers. Services include ongoing education, technical assistance and support for early childhood educators, licensors, registrars, enrollers, child care centers, family and group family child care homes, and legally exempt child care providers. The Council will continue to provide an infant toddler specialist in every child care resource and referral agency within the nine counties of Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
  • The three child care resource and referral service contracts enable Child Care Council to provide comprehensive services focused on the support of high-quality child care programs that promote safety, permanency and well-being for children, families and communities. Services include child care referrals and education for families seeking out-of-home care for young children, technical assistance, business start-up and continued education, health consultation, enrollment and support for legally exempt child care providers.

“Child Care Council is extremely pleased that New York state has selected us for these four grants,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The state’s continued faith in the Council is a testament to our efforts to improve local child care and early education programs, through the work of our excellent professional staff and through the outstanding providers and educators that we collaborate with in the Finger Lakes region.”

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